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US VP Biden visits Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Istanbul

US VP Biden visits Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Istanbul

Biden and his wife Jill Biden visited the Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul’s historic Fener district

Comment(s) 11/23/2014

Turkey’s Shiites mourn for Karbala on anniversary

Turkey’s Shiites mourn for Karbala on anniversary

Thousands of Shiite Muslims in Turkey have commemorated the Battle of Karbala, a bloody clash that took place more than 1,000 years ago in Karbala in today’s Iraq.

Comment(s) 11/3/2014

Turkey’s top religious body says exposing privacy with online photos ‘improper’ in Islam

Turkey’s top religious body says exposing privacy with online photos ‘improper’ in Islam

Sharing personal photos on social media is inappropriate according to Islam, Turkey’s Directorate for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has announced.

Comment(s) 11/18/2014

Turkey's religious top body marks holy month for Alevis

Turkey's religious top body marks holy month for Alevis

The head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has sent a letter to the Alevi community for the holy month of Muharram, as well as Ashura and Karbala

Comment(s) 11/2/2014

Pope Francis to visit Virgin Mary’s House in Turkey

Pope Francis to visit Virgin Mary’s House in Turkey

Residents of the western town of Selçuk enthusiastically await Pope’s visit to Christian cultural monument

Comment(s) 11/16/2014

Vatican document on family revises language on gays

Vatican document on family revises language on gays

The final version of a controversial Vatican document issued on Saturday radically revised its earlier wording on homosexuals, eliminating language that had talked more positively of them than ever before in church history.

Comment(s) 10/19/2014

Turkey’s top cleric to discuss Islamophobia with Pope Francis

Turkey’s top cleric to discuss Islamophobia with Pope Francis

Turkey’s top cleric has said Islamophobia will be high on the agenda of his upcoming meeting with Pope Francis during the latter’s landmark visit to Turkey in late November.

Comment(s) 11/13/2014

Catholic bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

Catholic bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

Catholic bishops are showing unprecedented openness to accepting the real lives of many Catholics, saying gays have gifts to offer the church

Comment(s) 10/13/2014

No Islamophobia in Latin America, says Turkey’s religious head

No Islamophobia in Latin America, says Turkey’s religious head

Directorate of Religious Affairs head Mehmet Görmez said despite the recent incidents in the Islamic world it is remarkable that Latin America has not grown Islamophobic

Comment(s) 11/12/2014

Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj

Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj

Two million Muslim pilgrims begin leaving the holy city of Mecca on Oct. 6, concluding the annual hajj during which Saudi leaders lashed out at Islamic extremism.

Comment(s) 10/6/2014

Pope to be first foreign guest at Turkey's new presidential palace

Pope to be first foreign guest at Turkey's new presidential palace

Pope Francis is set to be the first house guest at Turkey's new presidential palace during his upcoming visit

Comment(s) 11/8/2014

Snap! Hajj selfies gain popularity, spark controversy

Snap! Hajj selfies gain popularity, spark controversy

The increasingly popular phenomenon has sparked controversy among more conservative Muslims, however, with some taking to Twitter to criticise pilgrims who take selfies.

Comment(s) 10/5/2014

Top Turkish imam says religious weddings without legal equivalent harm women

Top Turkish imam says religious weddings without legal equivalent harm women

Religious marriages conducted without legal marriages harm women and lead to child brides, Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) head Mehmet Görmez has admitted

Comment(s) 11/4/2014

Bosphorus waters change color with animal blood

Bosphorus waters change color with animal blood

On World Animal Day, Turkey marks the Feast of Sacrifice with scenes of celebration and protests

Comment(s) 10/4/2014

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